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Update posted by Whitney Hines On Nov 21, 2016

Exactly 6 weeks after Hurricane Matthew came and took over, the Surfin' Spoon hobbit door has finally opened back up to all of our awesome customers! We are so thankful, so tired, but so thankful!! You know... a hurricane, a flood, drying a building out, and renovating has a lot of emotional and physical side effects (at least for a 7 month pregnant lady), BUT because we had an overwhelming amount of love, support, prayers, encouragement, help, and generosity from all of you, we are filled with joy and gratitude that we are officially open again!

The last two weeks have been daunting, exhausting, and tedious, but good. Thanks to many helpful and talented friends we were able to put the Spoon back together when she FINALLY dried out. Trent did some fabulous electrical work, Tom Lee and crew got the drywall back up, Brant helped Jesse install the ship-lap, James painted, painted, then painted some more and helped fix the deck, Rodfather washed lots of dishes and picked up hundreds of dollars and quarters for Surfing for Autism (I think we hit the $5,000 goal), my lovely sister-in-law, Rachel, helped me clean, Nancy and Jess babysat Bear, while Ryan, Glory, and Emma got the merchandise folded and put out, and there were many others that helped along the way... we can't thank everyone enough for all they did (love y'all). Then finally Thursday, November 18th rolled around and we were really hoping to get open on Friday. Well shucks, there was still just way too much to do; we couldn't make it happen. Saturday was gonna hopefully be the day.

The day before, and the day of our reopening was tough... we thought all of our machines were going to work. We were wrong. At about 4pm on Friday we tested them and it was pretty heartbreaking (we had to wait until the shop was completely clean and sanitized before we could turn them on- who wants sawdust and hurricane funk in their yogurt? Not me!). The machines (which we had just purchased this Spring) weren't going to work; thankfully they may be fixable if we can find the parts. However, long-story-short, miraculously Jesse purchased 5 new machines at the end of this summer at an auction for a great price, so we had back up machines ready to go... in a Currituck storage room. Thanks to our great friend, Mark, Jesse and he were able to load up his trailer in the dark and bring the new machines back to the Spoon, and then of course they had to take the old ones back. Did I mention they are really heavy, like 400 pounds? It was a looooonnnnng night. Jesse is looking super-muscular these days though, hahaha!

Saturday (yesterday) morning came. Jesse arrived at 7am to get the yogurts made while the rest of us finished the last bit of cleaning, sweeping, mopping, filling candy bins and toppings, cutting fruit, and frantically trying to piece the Spoon back together so we could open at noon. Thank the Lord... we did it! Yesterday was so incredible and seeing friendly faces and getting big hugs was worth every minute of reconstruction, blood, sweat, tears, and stress. We had a GREAT day. And the fro-yo was oh-so-delicious too (we let Bear eat two small bowls for all of his patience :)

There is no way Jesse and I could possibly thank each one of you enough for your contributions, whether you donated money, time, food, prayers, etc. We are so humbled and amazed at the love of others and all the kind words we received. Every single bit mattered and helped. THANK YOU!! I would love to be able to handwrite a thank you note to every person, but I'm afraid I probably won't be able to. Please please know how much we appreciate EVERYTHING! We love you.

Just a reminder... from this on October 9th...

To this on November 19th...

Details along the way... (that's "Chicken" from the book helping Bossman!)


I promise I was there helping (I just don't really love getting my picture taken these days... but I did re-cover some new stools and spruce up the place a bit)

I forgot to mention that we had a super-successful tent sale a few weeks ago too!! We donated 10 percent of the sales and online donations from you. We were able to donate over $2,000 to Mission of Hope- Haiti http://www.mohhaiti.org/, Cape Hatteras Methodist Men, and help some local families out!

And HUGE THANKS again to Mama Kwan's for the fundraiser that helped us buy our new freezer! Here's a pic of one of our favorite groms, Talon, that won the board they raffled off :)

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for being there for us during such a crazy time!! We can't wait to see y'all at the Spoon - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We will be open all week 12pm - 8/9ish... except for Thursday.

Bear was especially psyched outta his mind to get his fro-yo finally!

A drawing we will always cherish from our precious niece, Emerson!
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Update posted by Whitney Hines On Oct 24, 2016

Let's be honest... two weeks has felt a little more like two months. Fans, dehumidifiers, and even heaters have been running full speed ahead. Who knew that it would take soooo long for the walls and studs to dry out at the Spoon so we can get some rebuilding done? For us, the good news is that we have gotten some other things done while we wait... and with all of the love and support of family, friends, customers, and our incredible community, we have every reason to be grateful! We can't imagine how those throughout North Carolina and beyond are feeling as they have waited for 14 days for the waters to recede all the way and start the arduous process of restoring their homes and businesses.

This past week, with the physical and financial help of many wonderful people (including yourselves), we were able to finish ripping out the wet drywall, have an electrician come and do some wiring, Jesse and Billy Diggs re-shingled and repaired the roof, we bought a new catering freezer (our two were floating on their side), and we tested one of our frozen yogurt machines... and it worked!! This coming week we plan to crank up all of our machines to see if they can be salvaged, shop for a new two-door reach-in freezer (also flooded), and hopefully start repairing the walls if they are dry enough... if we have enough energy we may even have a tent sale on Saturday with the "Hurricane Matthew" Spoon tees!

We had two highlights the last few days!! An amazing human and friend, Annette Lamm, drove back to her hometown of Lumberton, NC on Friday to take supplies to those in need. So many people are living in shelters and have lost everything. Our church, friends, and other businesses helped fill up her truck with useful items. Because of YOUR GENEROSITY, Bear and I were able to fill up baskets of supplies for families, and purchase a Wal-Mart gift card for one specific family that lost all that they had; thank you for being a part of this mission! We are hoping to help more families in the coming weeks, especially down in Hatteras...

Today (Sunday) we were blown away once again by the support and encouragement of others! One of our very favorite restaurants, Mama Kwans, held a fundraiser for us. It was so beautiful, sweet, overwhelming, and FUN! The lovely owners, staff, and their awesome kids baked tons of yummy treats - enough to fill 3 big tables - and took donations for them. When we left this evening, most of it was gone (and being that I'm "eating for two", I may have eaten 2 rice krispie treats, a piece of poundcake, and a cookie... all that after a delicious/famous pork plate, haha). They raffled off one of Jesse's surfboards, Matt Lusk artwork, and 2 Premium Memberships to Surfline.com AND had epic live music (thanks guys!!). We don't know the outcome yet, but will post it when we find out. We do know that a rad little grom, Talon, won Jesse's board and is so stoked! Mama Kwan's, we love you!! Thank you!!!!

Your continued prayers are so appreciated as we take this journey one day at a time. Once again, we cannot THANK YOU ALL enough for your kindness and love! ~Whitney + Jesse + Bear

Ain't that new freezer pretty?



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Update posted by Whitney Hines On Oct 16, 2016

An update from Jesse + Whitney:

It's so hard to believe that a week ago today we were open for business and heading home early to hunker down for Hurricane Matthew... only a few hours after going to sleep we woke up at 3:30am to a photo and text from our good friends at Seagreen Gallery telling us their downstairs was underwater from all of the rain. Shoot... "is the Surfin' Spoon flooded, you think?" Though we hoped it wasn't true since our building hadn't flooded since 1962, a kayak trip down the Beach Road on that windy Sunday morning proved to be more than we could imagine.

Pushing our way into the Spoon through the back door was surreal as we saw 1.5 feet of water filling our beloved little shop. Freezers, trash cans, cups, spoons, toppings, tee shirts and pumpkins floating around was overwhelming to say the least. The water wasn't receding yet, and waves continued to break through the building as cars drove by. Where were we to begin? What were we supposed to do? This is our livelihood. It was overwhelming and emotional. We couldn't do anything at this point except go home, cry a little, give thanks for our safety and all the ways we were spared, and wait for the water to go down.

With the help of some brave and devoted friends we pulled together and tried to form a plan. The next day we loaded our trucks up with a kayak, a metal boat, our waders, and prayed for strength. As we sloshed through the water, we filled trash bags and buckets with all of the wet merchandise and put it in the metal boat. We gathered all the sopping wet and ruined supplies, tools, food, and trash and got it out to the dumpster. Many friends from their businesses down the road stopped by to help and offer some encouragement. It was a hard day, but a beautiful day all at the same time because "love never fails".

It's been 7 days since the flood... every day the Spoon dries out a little more and more. The wet walls and insulation have been cut out, heaters and dehumidifiers strategically placed, all the dishes washed and stored, the merchandise has been lovingly cleaned by several people and sits in containers in our home, the parking lot has been swept, picnic tables wiped and painted, and so much more... what would we do without you all? We are so beyond blessed we don't even have words to express our gratitude, nor any way to say "thank you" enough.

It feels like hundreds of people have stopped by to help, to bring supplies and equipment, to bring food, to pray, to give us hugs, and now this fundraising site to help us get back open and on our feet again; it's hard to accept help, we almost feel guilty. Hundreds of people have sent us the kindest, most loving messages... our hearts are so full. We have so much to be thankful for, so many reasons to know that Lord has us in His hand. We pray that we are able to return the generosity and love that has been shown to us.

We cannot wait to be open again and see all of you wonderful people. We are so excited to be able to help others in need through the gifts you have given. Let's keep praying for our community, our state, our country, Haiti, and beyond. We THANK YOU, and we LOVE YOU!

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